Sunday, November 30, 2008

Roasted Chicken (or leftover turkey) Salad

I love this salad, because, as far as salads go, it's kind of cozy for the winter months. And this will be a very good final destination for any leftover turkey. But, honestly, leftovers last maybe 24 hours after the big meal at our house, so we just go to Costco and get our $5 rotisserie chicken. This makes quite a bit, so I often cut the recipe in half.

1 cup pecan halves (about 3 ounces), broken in half lengthwise
1 whole roasted chicken (about three pounds), skin removed
8 scallions, white and light-green parts only, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, strings removed and thinly sliced
2 Fuji apples, cored and sliced into bite-size pieces
5 tablespoons golden or dark raisins
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Sour Cream Dressing (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely. [this step may seem unnecessary, but it really does make the pecans taste fancy. It's worth it!]
2. Pull chicken from the bone; discard bones, and cut meat into 3/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a medium bolw; add scallions, celery, apples, raisins, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Add dressing; toss to combine. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.

Sour Cream Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use, up to 4 days.


Kristy said...

I'm definitely making this. I have SOOOOO much leftover turkey. I think I'll replace the raisins with craisins. I'm kind of obsessed with them lately. Thanks for giving me an idea to use up the turkey!

i'm h.mac said...

bec, i made this tonight and used boston butter lettice for wraps, oh my, it was heaven. i think we have a new "i have been to costco today" favorite. their chicken was delish with it! thanks!